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Guarantee Voters Who Show Up at the Polls the Ability to Cast Their Vote
Our democracy is in crisis. Fewer than 40% of Americans voted in our last midterm election, and our overall turnout rarely breaks 60%. That puts the United States at 120th out of 169 countries for average voter turnout. This is unacceptable for a country founded on the bold idea of a democracy for and by the people.
Instead of taking actions to make voting more accessible, some in positions of power are implementing more and more voter suppression tactics, most of which resulted from the Supreme Court’s gutting of the historic Voting Rights Act. Since this decision, nearly every state has introduced bills to make voting harder, and many states have done just that through discriminatory voter photo ID bills or drastic cuts to early voting days, same day registration, and other suppressive measures.
This is all on top of our problematic voting infrastructure that leaves poor communities and communities of color stuck in prohibitively long lines at polls during every national election; we saw this in primaries all across the country this year.
That is why we are calling on President Obama to restore democracy and make the 2016 Election Day a one-time federal holiday – and thereby give all states and businesses permission to follow your lead.
P.S. If you can, please support our Virginia Let Me Vote/Count My Vote Campaign. We are working to register the 206,000 returning citizens who were re-enfranchised by Gov. MacAuliffe's April Executive Order.
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